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Star Wars: Episode III
Revenge of the Sith
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Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Frank Oz, Anthony Daniels
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Web Site: www.starwars.com
Kiddie Movie: This is a tough call.  Lots of death and killing.  You have to know your kid.
Date Movie: Only if she liked any of the other films.
Gratuitous Sex: We don't see Anakin getting any.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of light sabers slash bodies.
Action: Lots and lots.
Laughs: A couple of chuckle points.
Memorable Scene: The action scenes were great, but for my money, when Yoda walks into the Chancellor's office, this totally made the movie.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: George Lucas
Produced By: Rick McCallum

Star Wars: Episode III
Revenge of the Sith

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:20 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Iíve come to realize that sometimes you canít win when writing a review, especially when it comes to a franchise like "Star Wars." See, Iíve loved every one of those damn films, yes, even Episode I and II, and as much as heard griping about how Star Wars: Episode III Ė Revenge of the Sith, would be PG-13, I thought to myself, "Self, wouldnít it be pretty much impossible to change a young lad whose only dream in life was to become a Jedi and then somehow he finds himself in allegiance with the bad Emperor dude from "Return of the Jedi" without ruffling a few more feathers? Enough of a boring intro, letís get to the movie.

In "Revenge of the Sith" our characters have grown a little bit, and Chancellor Palpatine is still planting seeds in Anakinís head to get him to switch sides. Count Dooku is still leading a group of bad dudes, even capturing the good Chancellor, and our heroes, Anakin and Obi-Wan are off to the rescue. It is at this rescue, with Obi-Wan knocked out, that we start to see the extent of the Chancellorís influence on Anakin. As the movie goes along, Palpatine shows that he is one of the best manipulators of human instinct ever, as he ever so quickly plants into the head of Anakin that maybe the Sith arenít so bad, and that maybe the Sith are the only solution to a future event Anakin doesnít want to see happen.

Look, all you really need to know is that "Revenge of the Sith" sets up everything for the "Star Wars" a lot of us started this crazy journey on. We find out how Anakin becomes Darth Vader, how Luke and Leia came to start their lives in their separate ways, why Obi-Wan and Yoda end up in exile, and how evil Darth Sidious (Palpatine) really is.

So what did I like about "Sith?" The action scenes were unbelievable. Iíll say it again, the action scenes were unbelievable. I also liked a lot of the nods to the original series of movies, with a quote taken here and there, Padme setting up Lukeís pleading to Darth that there is still good in him, and damn, the demise of Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) was fantastic. What I didnít like? As much as I understood Anakinís switch to the Dark Side, it seemed too easy. There wasnít a real betrayal, just a dude too big for his britches and blinded by love. Sure, I know he needed to wrap this transformation up in one film, in a little over a couple of hours, but maybe Lucas and his writing folks could have come up with a better flip than Anakin hoping to be able to stop a vision from coming true if he switched sides, because for me, thatís what it came down to.  And, once again, it's all a woman's fault.

Okay, Iím ranting in a way, because I know, it doesnít really matter, because if you liked any of the "Star Wars" films, youíll be there to see how this one wraps up. Even not accepting the way Anakin flipped to the Dark Side, Iím still giving "Star Wars: Episode III Ė Revenge of the Sith" 4 stars out of 5. Youíll have your opinion, Iíve got mine, and in the end I feel the six films in the series show that patience in filmmaking can build a franchise maybe insurmountable for many lifetimes.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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